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Wimsey Way
Somercotes
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 4LS

tel +44 (0) 1773 601870
fax +44 (0) 1773 607224
info@equipuk.com

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd
Englender Business & Distribution Centre
High View Road
South Normanton
Derbyshire
DE55 2DT

tel +44 (0) 1773 601870
fax +44 (0) 1773 607224
info@equipuk.com

   
We have 2 Equip offices in Derbyshire and here is also where you'll find our factory, a centre of excellence on specialist down production, housing cutting, sewing, down filling and a quality assurance facility. This enables us to produce short run specialist expedition clothing and continue to hand fill all Rab down sleeping bags on our own premises.
 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO Commercial Director Sales Director  
Matt Giles Neil

CEO - Matt Gowar
As founder and driving force of Equip Outdoor Technologies Matt juggles the demands of running an expanding business with limited leisure time out on the water in his boat.

 

Giles Polito
Giles enjoys being in the hills as much as possible; trail running, cycling and mountain biking. He regularly competes in local trail races and is improving on the road bike! Giles is responsible for Global Marketing for Rab and Lowe Alpine along side the Web team. He manages both the German and Benelux subsidiary offices.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Continuum Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Eclipse Superlight

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Finishing two Lakeland Trails races in a weekend and doing better than expected!

Favourite outdoor activity
Trail running

Neil McAdie
Neil looks after the Rab and Lowe Alpine sales teams in the UK, Eire and Scandinavia and has worked with Equip since 2003 and in the outdoor industry since 1990.  Neil has a strong background in climbing and mountaineering throughout the UK, Europe, Himalaya and in North and South America and now lives in the centre of the Peak District National Park conveniently positioned for access to both the Equip offices and post work climbing on our local gritstone crags.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Alpine Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Ascent

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
The exit pitches on the Central Pillar of Freney, Mont Blanc, in a gathering storm!

Favourite outdoor activity
British Trad Sea Cliff Climbing

     
Financial Director Design Director Brand Director
Ryan

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Andy Styan
Andy is an experienced FD whose previous companies made things that were far less exciting than the Rab & Lowe Alpine ranges. His background is in fast growing, entrepreneurial businesses and is responsible for the Finance across the Group and HR & Warehousing in the UK.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Day to day the Vapour-rise Flex Pull-On is brilliant but I love the Batura Jacket which is more than warm enough for even the worst the Peak District can throw at you.

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
The Cloud 25 travel pack which I promised to get for my daughter without realising it was a new product and hence not in stock for 6 months!

Favourite outdoor activity
Walking with the family in the Peak District

 

Tim Jasper
Tim is our Design Director at Rab. He’s spent time in the Scottish hills and the Alps and been lucky enough to trek in the Himalaya, South America and Africa. Used to compete in Mountain Marathons and used to spend a lot of time cycling in its various forms… the last few years seem to have squeezed out most of the time that used to be available (which is a poor excuse).

Favourite piece of Rab kit
very proud of everything the Design team create - especially Flashpoint Jacket currently - and everything that’s coming up next season!

Tim Fish
Tim is our Lowe Alpine brand director. He has a wealth of experience designing outdoor equipment for a number of international companies, specialising in packs and softgoods. Away from the office he is an avid climber, skier and cyclist. More recently his participation level has focussed mostly on what his pre-school daughter can cope with on their modified tandem!   

Favourite piece of Rab kit
My old Ladakh 600 that was refilled by the actual person Rab (!), sometime in the late 90’s.

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Another retro one… I have still have my first pack, which is a Crag I saved up for it and managed to finally buy it when I was about 14.  For modern times, I can’t go past our award winning Ascent Superlight.

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
The Cassin route on the Piz Badile was pretty special. Ski touring around the Silvretta was good too.  Topping out on any of the long routes in Red Rocks after getting married in Vegas.

Favourite outdoor activity
Multi-pitch mountain rock routes – preferably in the sun!

     
Executive Assistant Office Administrator  
Sarah Monica  

Sarah Huskinson
Although Sarah comes from a background of managing bars she doesn’t just sit around drinking cocktails all day. She’s run the Prague, Manchester and Amsterdam Marathons and has recently discovered the joys of getting covered in mud whilst off road running... she’s even jumped out of the odd plane…but she does also enjoy a good cocktail!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
MeCo 120 LS Tee

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Vector 25

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Crossing the finishing line in the Olympic Stadium at the Amsterdam Marathon, knowing I’d ran a sub 4 hours and not knowing whether to laugh or cry!

Favourite outdoor activity
Running

Sarah.Huskinson@equipuk.com

Monica Dicu
Info coming soon.

monica.dicu@equipuk.com

     
External Sales Team    
Chris Bex Mark

Chris Vanderhoven
Chris is our UK Sales Manager. He has over 15 years of experience working within the outdoor trade and a few more years’ experience climbing and sampling the local brews in and around the UK, Europe, Africa, India and Asia.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Lite Alpine

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Eclipse 25

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Picture perfect midge free day climbing at diabaig on the coast near Torridon. Followed by a hike to Craig bothy falling into a bog up to my chest whilst collecting wood, then drying myself and the bog drenched clothes in an empty bothy drinking the night away.

Favourite outdoor activity
Either long mountain rock routes, or UK sea cliff climbing.

chris.vanderhoven@equipuk.com

Becky McMurren
Becky is our National Accounts Manager. She has worked in a sales role in the South West for Lowe Alpine and in the South for Rab in a training role.

Rebecca.McMurren@equipuk.com

Mark Buskwood
Mark is based in Sheffield. Primarily a climber, he also competes in mountain marathons and fell races, runs marathons and can sometimes be spotted road biking in the Peak. Highlights include cycling the ‘End-to-End’, completing a Bob Graham Round and a recent caving trip down ‘Titan’. Favourite crag: Huntsman’s Leap.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
15 year-old Photon smock…brilliant!

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Fjell Runner belt-pack...still going strong after 100’s of fell races.

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Too many to mention…every rock climb, every mile run or ridden, every lake swim, every frozen winter belay…all of it!

Favourite outdoor activity
Soloing @ Stanage on a golden, early autumn evening, followed by a pint of Deception at the Millstone :-)

Mark.Buskwood@equipuk.com

     
Steve Matt Stu

Stephen Bennett
Stephen used to be a 'rock jock' but is now a reformed road cyclist. He once hitched from Swansea to Harris Island and back to climb “The Scoop”. He enjoys being in the hills whether climbing, biking or walking and is also quite partial to a week's skiing.

stephen.bennett@equipuk.com

Matt Bengey
After learning his craft in specialist outdoor retail Matt is now Area Manager in the South of England and South Wales. Matt loves to drive and talk about gear, an ideal combination! As a keen climber he can often be found on the great trad routes in the Bristol and SW area with trips to Yosemite and Europe when possible.

matt.bengey@equipuk.com

Stuart Hitcham
Stu has been interested in outdoor pursuits since the age of 11 and achieved all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh award, even having the award presented by the Duke and Alan Hinkes! He's been an outdoor instructor and worked in outdoor retail at management level. Stu is our area sales manager for the north of the UK.

stuart.hitcham@equipuk.com

     
Technical Product Trainers    
Gemma Ed Emma

Gemma Dyer
Gemma is our Training Coordinator. She worked as a teacher both in higher education and junior school while also working for an outdoor retailer since 2009. She has kayaked since the age of 12 and is now a L2 Coach and River Leader. She loves to backpack and climb and now has the bug for winter mountaineering…anything outdoorsy!!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Eclipse ND22

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Guiding a “newbie” down the River Onde in the French Alps. Watching all my training being put into practice as he navigated down the river. The look on his face when he reached the bottom high on adrenaline was priceless and something I will never forget.

Favourite outdoor activity
White water kayaking

gemma.dyer@equipuk.com

Ed Richardson
Ed is our Technical Trainer for the South East of the UK. Ed has recently graduated in Outdoor Education at the University of Wales. Alongside his university studies he also worked in outdoor retail for a number of years. He likes to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities but feels most at home on his mountain bike.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Continuum Hoodie

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Mountain Attack 44:55

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Participating in a 10 day walking/canoe expedition in the Telemark region of Norway. It was incredible to experience how vast the country was, traveling for 10 days without seeing anyone else.

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain Biking....... at the the moment

Ed.Richardson@equipuk.com

Emma Whitaker
Emma Is our technical trainer in Scotland and North of England. She recently graduated from University of Cumbria studying Adventure Media. Whilst at University she worked at a Skiing and Climbing shop which fed her passion for the mountains. She loves almost everything in the outdoors, but becomes most at home ploughing down on untouched face on some skis, or through a wood on her bike.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Microlight Alpine

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Spark 18

Most memorable moment in the outdoorsTaking a group of friends on a 80k mountain bike route in the French alps. Watching people who’d never ridden 20 minute descents and bouncing off each other makes you smile uncontrollably! The fact we couldn’t walk or move our arms the next day didn’t bother us.

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain Biking (if it’s not raining)

emma.whitaker@equipuk.com

 
Buying and Customer Service
Matt    

Matt Bingham
Matt is the Head of Buying and Customer Service and has worked in the outdoor industry for many years. When he's not at work he can be found at the gym.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Electron Jkt, like most men, I want something that does everything to a level, and this does it for me.

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Cloud 25, does everything and always has room for a bit more, and stands up to Asian Road trips.

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
First time I ever went skiing, opened my eyes to the world of outdoors and all the possibilities.

Favourite outdoor activity
Right now, showing my kids the hidden gems of the peak on a crisp winters day, changes with the seasons though!

matthew.bingham@equipuk.com

   
     
The Sales Office (Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine, based at the South Normanton site)
Matt Rachael Dec

Sales Office Manager - Matt Clarke
Matt has worked in the Outdoor Industry since leaving university. He enjoyed a few years of competitive cycling before settling nicely into middle age! He's now happy to spend his free time cycling around the Peak District on road and off but he'll take part in any other outdoor pursuits that present themselves!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Shadow Hoodie

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Attack 35/45

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Mountain Biking and wild camping in the Atlas Mountains

Favourite outdoor activity
Road Biking and Soul Riding

matt.clarke@equipuk.com

Rachael Gorsuch
Rachael's job at Equip is to assist Matt with the day to day running of the sales office and offering support to the external sales team. She's a former Royal Navy meteorologist and oceanographer where she developed her love for the outdoors, although these days outdoor pursuits are more limited to long country walks. She's recently moved back to the UK after living overseas for 15 years in Italy, Japan and the United States and is enjoying rediscovering the countryside.

rachael.gorsuch@equipuk.com

Declan McGing
Declan has worked in just about every part of our sales office since joining equip in 2004 and currently manages our UK multiple business. Outside of work his current sport of choice is road biking, but also enjoys a bit of hillwalking with the other half and having foolishly bought a house spends a lot of time on DIY!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Lite Pull-on

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Ligthtflite 14

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Finishing the Matlock Top 10 cycle sportive inside of my target time (in spite of stopping to assist another rider) and being 14th fastest.

Favourite outdoor activity
Is actually Mountain Biking, but it’s more hassle than road biking and I tend to injure myself and my bike got stolen … so I’m sticking to the Road bike for now….

declan.mcging@equipuk.com

 

Matt Phil Sally

Matthew Usherwood
Matt is a keen climber and likes sport routes and bouldering. He enjoys weekends away, getting lost on the hills and having mini ‘epics’! He occasionally dips into photography and loves traveling. Oh and he hates heights!

Matt.Usherwood@equipuk.com

Phil Hubbard
Phil has lived in Derbyshire all of his life and grew up running and cycling, making the most of the surrounding countryside. He’s worked in the outdoors since the age of 16 and after leaving university came to Equip to look after intercompany sales for Norway and Canada. He claims to be into cycling and bouldering but percentage wise probably spends more time on the settee hiding from cold weather!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Spark Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Strike 24

phil.hubbard@equipuk.com

Sally Henson
Before working at Equip Sally spent 20 years in Customer Service & Logistics in the Nursery, Juvenile & Toy industry (very handy for when her kids were born!). She enjoys reading, baking, going to the cinema, eating out or BBQs with friends & family and walking.

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Husky dog sledging in Lapland with my family!

sally.henson@equipuk.com

     
Adam Harry Silje

Adam Frost
Adam has worked in many industries throughout his working life from Kennels, Stables, Airports, Deep freeze warehouses and Chocolate factories. Outside of work he has a keen interest in music, and has played in bands for the past 15 years. Currently playing in a 7 piece folk / roots band covering a wide range of music. As well as music Adam likes spending time with his family and messing around with photography.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
The Escape range

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Attack 25

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Whilst on Holiday in Croatia went sea kayaking from the old city of Dubrovnik round the island of Lockrum and back again with my 10year old son and 6 month pregnant partner. It was a challenge as my partner could hardly see as the life jacket kept riding up over the bump every time she moved her arms, the weather was sweltering. But we managed it, we may have been the last ones back but we did it, whilst others around us had to be towed in.

adam.frost@equipuk.com

Harry Chaplin
Having grown up in the Lake District, outdoor sports have always been top of the agenda for Harry. His focus was on mountain biking until he moved to Sheffield for uni around 6 years ago at which point climbing well & truly took over. Sport climbing seems to be is prefered type recently resulting in weekends at Malham & Kilnsey.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Paradox Pull-On, great to throw on whenever you need a bit of warmth but breathes enough to leave on once you’re moving.

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Grabbing a flash (1st attempt) ascent of Nosferatu at Burbage South as the sun went down one freezing evening a few winters ago.

Favourite outdoor activity
Climbing, multi-pitch sport if it’s about.

harry.chaplin@equipuk.com

Silje Langerud
Sales Administrator for Norway

Silje.Langerud@equip-norge.no

 

   
Karolina Christof  

Karolina Placzek
Sales Administrator for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Karolina has 5 years of customer service experience working  in the clothing industry. In her free time she enjoys  cooking, eating out, watching football and going to the gym. 

Ich habe 5 Jahre Erfahrung im Customer Service in der Bekleidungsindustrie. In meiner Freizeit genieße ich zu kochen, essen gehen, Fußball schauen und ins Fitnessstudio zu gehen.

Karolina.Placzek@equip-deutschland.de

Chistof Raschbauer
Sales Administrator for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Christof has travelled parts of the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan and across Europe by bike but now spends his weekends and holidays mountain biking and the occasional day of climbing or hiking. In Winter he can be found skiing or snowboarding.

Meine Radreisen haben mich in die Länder Amerika, Kanada, Neuseeland, Indonesien, Japan und quer durch Europa geführt. Jetzt verbringe ich meine Wochenenden und Urlaube meistens auf dem Mountainbike, ab und zu auch mit Klettern und Wandern, im Winter mit Skifahren und Snowboarden.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Firewall Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Airzone Trail 35

Christof.Raschbauer@equip-deutschland.de

 
     
Product Returns and Factory Outlet store
(Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine, based at the Somercotes site)
Paul Joe Joe

Paul Firth
Customer Returns Supervisor Paul is currently on a climbing sabbatical but you will normally find him  running in the hills with the dog or out on his road bike (but only if the weather is glorious)!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Trusty Neutrino Endurance

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Attack

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Climbing alpine ice and being benighted on the ben in winter after doing comb gully with only 4 ice screws.

Favourite outdoor activity
Fell Running and winter climbing (if I get chance)

paul.firth@equipuk.com

Joe Weir-Lavelle
Joe works in our returns department, at home he enjoys spending time with his baby girl. When not changing nappies and teaching her to walk and talk, he's usually out riding his mountain bike round Derbyshire, The Peak District and further afield. 

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Neo Alpine Jacket

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Mountain biking up Snowdon and round Snowdonia

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain biking and hill walking with the family.

joe.weir-lavelle@equipuk.com

Tom Kazianis
Tom grew up on the Greek island of Corfu where he spent most summers working as a watersports instructor. He then moved to the UK and studied Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management at the University of Worcester which is when he started climbing and mountaineering and gaining the relevant NGB qualifications. In 2014 he travelled around the world climbing and mountaineering in Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and the USA (and chilling in Fiji!).

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Positron Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Crag Attack 42

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Looking out across the vast, empty wilderness of the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountaineering

tom.kazianis@equipuk.com

     
Rachel Karen Karen

Rachel Brown
Rachel is one of our machinists working on repairs and expedition clothing. When not at work she's busy with DIY on her house. She's also still waiting for that phone call from Daniel Craig who she's hoping will one day invite her out for a drink!

Karen Topham
Karen is also a machinists working on repairs and expedition clothing but outside of work loves a few drinks and a party.

Tina Bridges
Tina is another of our machinists and when not at work will be either found in the gym or looking after her kids.

 
Buying - Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine (based at the South Normanton site)
Steve Miles  

Steve Bridges
Steve is the Planning & Forecasting Manager and can often be found climbing the walls!

steve.bridges@equipuk.com

Miles Herbert
Miles has been actively involved in the buying and merchandising departments of several retailers since finishing uni nearly 20 years ago. Before joining Equip he’d spent the last two years sourcing licenced product out of China, Turkey and India. He likes to spend his free time bouldering, climbing, mountain biking or skiing.

miles.herbert@equipuk.com

 
     
Dan Gareth Chris

Dan Winter
A recruit from a specialist outdoor retail background Dan is our intercompany specialist. When not at work Dan can be found running in our local Peak District or Ski Touring in Scotland when the weather's right (when it's not he'll jet off to somewhere where it is!)

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Lite Alpine

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Ski touring next to the frozen over Loch A'an in the central Cairngorms plateau in Scotland.

Favourite outdoor activity
Running or Ski touring

daniel.winter@equipuk.com

Gareth Eason
Gareth likes spending his spare time out on a muddy rugby pitch. He must like being out in the elements because he travels everywhere by scooter and often turns up at work looking very wet!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Rampage Jacket

Favourite outdoor activity
Rugby

gareth.eason@equipuk.com

Christopher Dewsbury
Chris has recently bought a bike and can often be found cycling off into the distance trying to counteract sitting in front of a computer at his desk all day.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
PS Hoodie

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Edge 22 XL

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain Biking

christopher.dewsbury@equipuk.com

     
Joanne Hallam Kelly

Joanne Attenborough
Joanne is the Buying Administrator. Outside of work she likes biking, preferably on a motorbike however she finds one with pedals also good fun. She enjoys learning Spanish, short walks in the Peak District and surrounding areas and visiting National Trust houses and their gardens. She also likes wildlife, beaches and exploring historical ruins and sites. She's also just getting into photography.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Alpine Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Magma 27

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Seeing the red kites at Llanddeusant, Brecon Beacons

Favourite outdoor activity
Winter walks in the snow or in the springtime just as everything is starting to wake up again.

joanne.attenborough@equipuk.com

Hallam Catton
Hallam has worked in several departments at Equip but now uses his expertise in the Buying category. Finding a picture of him without a beer in hand was quite an achievement!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Baseline hoody and Infinity Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Radian 30

hallam.catton@equipuk.com

Kelly Baguley
Info coming soon.

kelly.baguley@equipuk.com

Design and Technology Department - Rab (based at the Somercotes site)
     
Helen Lucy Kate

Helen Robinson
Senior designer Helen had several years outdoor retail experience before switching to a career in design. She's a keen climber and surfer though freely admits she's not good at either!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Aurora Pull-On. I use it almost year-round, for a multitude of activities. It just adapts to everything and keeps the right level of wind off you and warmth inside you. It works fantastically at blocking the sun in summer too. I don’t often leave for a day on the hill without it.

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Nanon ND 50:60

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
About to set off on a route on Mt Arapiles, Australia, only to see the biggest spider I’ve seen in my life disappear into a handhold. Not inspiring for the rest of the climb, I’m terrified of spiders.

Favourite outdoor activity
Long days out in the mountains climbing easy multi-pitch routes that put you in fantastic situations you wouldn’t normally encounter.

helen.robinson@equipuk.com

Lucy Anderson
Senior designer, info coming soon.

lucy.anderson@equipuk.com

Kate Ennis
Kate is one of our apparel designers but when she’s not at work she loves finding something to climb.

kate.ennis@equipuk.com

     
Ben Chris Bottomley Dan H

Ben Manwaring
Ben is our equipment and apparel designer and comes from a product design background. He’s worked on a big variety of Rab products, from gaiters up to expedition suits. Ben loves being in the hills and mountains, and has past experience in rock, winter and alpine climbing. Nowadays he’s a keen mountain biker, hill walker and occasional boulderer.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Sawtooth Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Lightflite 28

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Trans-Cambrian MTB trail, from the Welsh border to the coast

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain biking

ben.manwaring@equipuk.com

Chris Bottomley
Chris is our Equipment Designer.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Flashpoint Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Ascent Superlight (But it's not out until Summer 2017) :-(
Most memorable moment in the outdoors
17 years old – never really been on an exposed ridge before... Crib Goch scared me to death that day!

Favourite outdoor activity
Too many to list, as long as I’m outside doing some sort of outdoor sport I’m happy enough.

chris.bottomley@equipuk.com

Dan Horsham
Info coming soon.

dan.horsham@equipuk.com

Garment Technology Department - Rab (based at the Somercotes site)
Caroline Sharon charlotte

Technical Manager - Caroline Brentnall
Info coming soon

caroline.brentnall@equipuk.com

Sharon Taylor
Sharon is part of the Garment Technology team here at Equip, she has always been interested in technical clothing, and has won a couple of industry awards for product worked on before coming to Rab. Sharon has lived in North East England and Amsterdam before coming to settle into village life in Derbyshire. Outside of work she enjoys getting out and about on walks with her SLR digital camera, wall climbing, sewing & knitting projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Orbit Hoody and PowerStretch Grip Gloves

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Airzone Z ND18

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Completing the ‘Dam to Dam’ ½ marathon in The Netherlands, and a tandem skydive from 10,000 ft

Favourite outdoor activity
Hill walking

sharon.taylor@equipuk.com

Charlotte Mather
Charlotte is part of the Garment Technology team here at Equip and helps ensure that all garments fit correctly and are made to the highest possible standard. She has just recently moved back to Sheffield after living in Manchester for 7 years where she acquired her Degree in Materials and Textiles Technology and then worked for 3 years. When not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends and getting wrapped up and going on long country walks, She has also just started a Photography course.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
PS Hoodie

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Climbing Mount Snowdon and completing Total Warrior 2014.

charlotte.mather@equipuk.com

     
Lowri Gaynor  

Lowri Cunnah
Lowri is a newly appointed member of the Garment Technology team at Equip. She comes from a Sportwear background with an interest in this area outside of the workplace. Lowri completed her Fashion Technology degree at DeMonfort University in Leicester and has  since worked for sportswear suppliers. When not at work she enjoys playing Rugby, walking and spending time with friends and family in Wales.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Power Stretch Pro Hoody

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Walking up Mount Cook in New Zealand

lowri.cunnah@equipuk.com

Gaynor Letten
Info coming soon.

gaynor.letten@equipuk.com

 
 

Pack Design Team - Lowe Alpine (based at the Somercotes site)

 
James David  

James Hadley
James has just finished a Degree at Falmouth in sustainable product design. He’s always keen to have some sort of adventure outside whatever the weather with whomever. When it comes to outdoor activities, he’s always up for getting better at climbing, mountaineering, cycling and surfing.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Generator Alpine Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Attack 35:45

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Learning to Climb in Cornwall

Favourite outdoor activity
Climbing

James.Hadley@Lowealpine.co.uk

David Wallace
David has been designing outdoor equipment for several years and found backpacks to be the most challenging and enjoyable of projects so when the opportunity to work with Lowe Alpine came up it was too good to resist. He's always loved the outdoors, especially Mountain Biking, most of his spare time is spent either riding his bike, fixing it or driving around the country in search of trails. 

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Ascent 700 Sleeping bag

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
The one I’m drawing at the moment...

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Competing in my first race, a Downhill at Innerleithen in the late nineties, in the days before good brakes!  

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain Biking

david.wallace@ lowealpine.co.uk

 
     
Mike Dan  

Mike Hinchliffe
Backpack designer Michael is a qualified sports equipment designer with great experience within the sports and outdoor industry. He’s an avid road cyclist, technically questionable self-taught skier and more recently climber with a great passion for the outdoors.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
The Revolver Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Attack 35:45

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Skiing for the first time in Garmisch.

Favourite outdoor activity
Road Cycling

michael.hinchliffe@lowealpine.co.uk

Dan Jenkin
Info coming soon.

dan.jenkin@equipuk.com

 
     
Pack Development Team - Lowe Alpine (based at the Somercotes site)
     
Sorin Susan Tanya

Sorin Dicu
Senior Product Developer & backpacks technician born in Romania, Sorin gives Lowe Alpine its unique “secret weapon” – visual to 3D prototypes in the blink of an eye. He has been making backpacks since 1984. He describes himself as a "weekend mountaineer and ex-smoker".

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Latok Mountain 2 tent

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Metanoia

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Standing on the top of Matterhorn together with  two of my best friends

Favourite outdoor activity
Winter mountaineering

sorin.dicu@lowealpine.co.uk

Susan Bremner
Senior Product Developer / Technologist Susan has previously worked in Clothing Brand management and Fabric Technology. When not at work she enjoys walking in the Scottish borders where she lives, and also along the coasts of the West Highlands of Scotland. When she gets further afield she loves to visit family in South Africa, and go trekking in the Drakensberg or along coastal paths watching whales and dolphins.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Pertex Primaloft jacket : It goes everywhere with me.

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Cycling in St Lucia in the South African North Coast alongside Zebra and Springbok ( they weren’t on bikes!). 

Favourite outdoor activity
Trekking

susan.bremner@lowealpine.co.uk

Tanya Wild
Product Developer Tanya joined Lowe Alpine in 2007 to complete the packs team. She likes the outdoors and never stops appreciating the beautiful part of the country she lives in. She's a keen skier and puts the annual family ski trip high on her list of priorities. She spends most of her time running her two crazy children around whilst trying to avoid A&E!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
has to be my Ascent 900 sleeping bag

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Lightflite 14

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
1st Paragliding flight on Skis

Favourite outdoor activity
Skiing

tanya.wild@lowealpine.co.uk

     
Anna Rebecca  

Anna Kennett
Anna grew up in the heart of the Peak District and got interested in the outdoors from her time in the Scouts (and was proudly the first girl to join her group). She is a self confessed jack-of-all-trades when it comes to activities and dabbles in everything from Via Ferrata and caving to Latin dancing. In 2014 she spent 5 months travelling to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Anna is part of the product development team at Lowe Alpine.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Campfire shirt

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Strike 24 Matrix - I have a thing about bright colours

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Black water rafting with glow worms in Waitomo, New Zealand

Favourite outdoor activity
Bodyboarding, but I’m going to learn to surf properly this year

anna.kennett@equipuk.com

Rebecca Head
After her degree in Fashion Design Rebecca spent a year and a half interning in Switzerland and London before joining 'timfishdesign' in Sheffield. In her spare time she is currently trying to fit in renovating her first house, being a Guide leader and organizing her next trip (this year is India).

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Nebula Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Eclipse 22

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Going on the steepest funicular in Europe, the Gelmerbahn funicular in Switzerland and seeing the incredible views of the Bernese Oberland from the top!

Favourite outdoor activity
Going on Guide camp and all the chaos that involves!

rebecca.head@equipuk.com

 
     
Marketing - Rab (based at the Somercotes site)
     
Steve George Adam

Steve Hazlehurst
Head of Marketing. Info coming soon.

steve.hazlehurst@equipuk.com

Georgina Reed
George is our graphic designer and joined us after several years of agency and in-house experience. Putting her degree in graphic design to use she spends most of her time compiling the trade catalogues but outside work can be found running or walking in the Derbyshire countryside. After 13 years of working at Equip she jokes that she can draw the Rab logo backwards in her sleep!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Boulder Hoodie (it's like wearing a teddy bear!)

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Helix 16

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
It’s between being blown over on top of Roseberry Topping in Yorkshire (my brother had to catch me) or being blown over on top of CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland (my boyfriend had to catch me), in both instances I ended up with bruises!

Favourite outdoor activity
Hill walking

georgina.reed@equipuk.com

Adam Butterworth
Adam is a keen climber and someone who claims to have "taken up running by accident". When he's not managing the Rab social media accounts, he can often be found pounding pavement or clipping bolts on the Peak District limestone. Despite being the resident social media expert, he claims to have never taken a selfie, though we're not sure we totally believe him.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Rampage Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
The Mountain Attack

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Climbing Left Wall on one of those rare days when it wasn't bucketing down in North Wales.

Favourite outdoor activity
Do beach barbecues count?

adam.butterworth@equipuk.com

     
Hetty Morag  

Hetty Key
Combining a love of the outdoors with her experience in digital marketing Hetty is our PR Coordinator/Copywriter. When not at work, you will typically find Hetty on a rope, running up a hill or on her bike. Whether it's climbing scenic routes in the Peak District or attempting mad mountain marathons further afield, she's always game for adventure - especially if it involves cake at the end!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Alpha Direct Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Attack 35:45

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Watching the sun set from my tent on the Tête Rousse Glacier. It was one of my first experiences of mountaineering - the whole trip all I could think was that I HAD to do more of this - I was completely hooked!

Favourite outdoor activity
Ski touring (when time allows!)

hetty.key@equipuk.com

Morag Dickson
After teaching business English in Cologne for two years, Morag returned to the UK to undertake a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication. She then notched up several years’ experience working as a business journalist and freelance copywriter. Morag is our new Marketing Assistant and describes herself as being ‘psyched’ about work on a daily basis! Outside work, she enjoys bouldering and sport climbing and is hoping to conquer her fear of falling sooner rather than later!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
For toasty toes, it’s got to be the Neutrino Endurance 600 sleeping bag

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Alpine Ascent ND 38:48

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Summer sport climbing on Kalymnos, where early morning climbs are followed by lazy afternoons on the beach as a matter of course.

Favourite outdoor activity
Bouldering and sport climbing.

morag.dickson@equipuk.com

 
     
Marketing - Lowe Alpine (based at the Somercotes site)
     
Rachel Joe Scott

Rachel Brine
Rachel, our Head of Marketing for Lowe Alpine, relocated to the North in 2013 after living and working in London for 12 years. Rachel has an exciting background in all marketing disciplines but we were especially interested in the innovative ways in which she has used the on-line medium in her previous roles.  A passionate outdoors person Rachel loves skiing, walking, camping, cycling and being on a hill/mountain at any given opportunity.  Having recently discovered trail running, Rachel is now exploring the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District at a faster pace!  

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Eclipse 25

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Trekking to Machapuchare base camp in the Himalayas with my Father

Favourite outdoor activity
Skiing

rachel.brine@ lowealpine.co.uk

Joe White
Joe is our social media and digital communications specialist. When he’s not ‘locked in’ to the digital realm you’ll likely find him out exploring the mountains and crags of the UK, Europe and occasionally even some of the greater ranges. A keen free-skier and sport climber, he also has ambition to revisit his trad heritage this year. Look out for him fumbling with gear and desperately hanging on for dear life at one of our local Lakeland crags in the coming months.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Continuum Hoodie

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Eclipse 35

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
The first time I went (intentionally) upside down on a pair of skis

Favourite outdoor activity
Climbing or Skiing (I can’t decide)

joe.white@lowealpine.co.uk

Scott Berry
Info coming soon

scott.berry@lowealpine.co.uk

     
Online Department - Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine (based at the Somercotes site)
Max    

Max Longstaff
Info coming soon.

max.longstaff@equipuk.com

   
     
Owen James  

Owen Atkinson-Jones
Three years after leaving Whistler and still considering himself a local, Owen has an absolute passion for the outdoors, specifically skiing, mountain biking and homebrew fuelled frisbee golf. Quite competitive yet in reality fairly average, Owen grew up in Manchester, spending many a weekend away in the Lakes, North Wales and The Peak District. Currently living in Sheffield, Owen is aiming to complete the 2016 UK Mountain Biking Enduro series whilst trying to hide his growing passion for the more Lycra clad forms of cycling!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Latok Alpine Jacket

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Having skied and Mountaineered in some fairly far flung locations, I was amazed to find my most extreme, scary yet memorable moment on a mountain was two years ago standing on the ice-capped summit of Snowdon, Wales, in early April! The weather came in and the wind never stopped. A truly exhilarating moment that I’ll never forget

Favourite outdoor activity
Don’t make me choose!

owen.atkinson-jones@equipuk.com

James Fraser
James is the online team developer, when he’s not writing code or frantically googling things he spends his time making excuses for not going climbing enough, walking in the lakes or looking knackered on a trail run.  

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Bright red Sawtooth Pants

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Airzone Trail

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Dragging my dad up the inaccessible pinnacle on the Cuilin for his 60th Birthday, to quote - “I’m glad I’ve done it.  Means I’ll never have to do it again.”

Favourite outdoor activity
Back-country skiing, but bouldering is a close second.

james.fraser@equipuk.com

 
     
Alex Dom  

Alex Hughes
Alex is our Digital Designer and Content Editor. Outside of work he loves to explore the outdoors with his wife Jenni and his trusty medium format camera.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Inferno Shield Hoodie

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Strike 24 

Favourite outdoor activity
Unusual one – making furniture. That or running.

alex.hughes@equipuk.com

Dom Garton
Info coming soon.

dom.garton@equipuk.com

 
     
Finance - Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine (based at the South Normanton site)
     
Andy Smyth Rose Claire

Andy Smyth
Info coming soon.

andy.smyth@equipuk.com

Rose Moore
Rose has overall responsibility for daily monitoring of our financial systems. When not at work Rose is our top golfer and often found out on the fairway...or bunker! As she pays all of our wages she's a really, really top woman!

rose.moore@equipuk.com

Claire Timms
Claire is our Management Accountant and has over 15 years accounting experience, now specialising in both management information and financial accounting (keeping the audit team happy!) When she's not at work she's busy being a Mum but she manages to find a couple of hours a week to play netball for a local team.

Claire.Timms@equipuk.com

     
Andy Lisa Joss

Andrew Wood
Andy is our Credit Controller but outside of work he’s up for anything involving cardio fitness! He loves running, racket sports and karate and is seen in his photo after a very muddy 10k race.

andrew.wood@equipuk.com

Lisa Stevenson
Lisa likes to go for walks in the Peak District, she describes them as short walks but with her slightly dubious sense of direction they often turn into long walks! She also likes camping and live music so can be found at various acoustic cafes, gigs and festivals.

lisa.stevenson@equipuk.com

Joss Bevan
Joss is our accounts assistant but when he’s not at work he’s also our number one kick boxer.

joss.bevan@equipuk.com

     
Julie Joshua  

Julie Jarvis
Julie takes part in challenge walks a few times a year and likes walking in Derbyshire but ideally much prefers to be out shopping for shoes and anything else to go with them! She also likes going out for meals and reading crime thrillers on her Kindle.

julie.jarvis@equipuk.com

Joshua Griffiths
Joshua is a local lad who enjoys being in the outdoors, whether it’s trying a new sport, going for a walk or doing something just for the fun of it. He enjoys Mountain Biking whenever he gets the chance and a nice pint at the local. He often ends up signing up to weird and wonderful things, such as the Matlock Boxing Day Raft Race, or 7 hour endurance races on old Honda C90 Scooters. He is accounts assistant with about 2 years’ experience so far and has aspirations of progressing in his career path.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
probably the Microlight Alpine jacket

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
Climbing the Crib Goch route on Snowdon on a scorching day with friends for Help for Heroes.

Favourite outdoor activity
Mountain Biking

joshua.griffiths@equipuk.com

 
     
Operations (Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine)
Lee Sam  

Lee Bridges
Group Operations Manager Lee has full responsibility for the warehouse and factory. He cruelly extracts every last gram of effort out of our experienced staff members ensuring consistently high quality.

lee.bridges@equipuk.com

Samantha Mills
Sam joins Equip as Assistant to the Operations Manager. Prior to her 5 years spent in sunny Spain, she had worked in a background of Operations & Logistics for over 10 years. When she gets some spare time she will be either visiting her family in her home town or socialising, which is normally at the bar with her favourite drink!

sam.mills@equipuk.com

 
     
Natasha Rich  

Natasha Russell
Natasha is our Operations Coordinator.
Along with Lee, Natasha is responsible for the running of the warehouse and distribution, looking after the warehouse and factory teams, making sure the products are well looked after and the customers’ orders are dispatched in good time. After taking a few years out for a degree in Horticulture, in recent years she has worked in logistics, audio equipment hire for events and trade customers. She spends a lot of time in the outdoors, at events and festivals so appreciates good waterproof gear!

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Either the Charge jacket, very lightweight and takes up no space, or anything Vapour-Rise, incredibly comfortable to wear.

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Any of the Helix range. Roomy and comfortable to wear.

natasha.russell@equipuk.com

Richard Palmer
Operations Supervisor Rich splits his spare time between playing golf and darts but also manages to find plenty of time for a few beers.

rich.palmer@equipuk.com

 
     
Human Resources (Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine)
Graham Lee  

Graham Coe
Graham is Head of Human Resources and responsible for developing the HR plans and delivering HR services across the Group. Outside of work he loves to be either walking or road biking into remote areas of the White and Dark Peak, enjoys real ale and live blues/rock bands.      

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Microlight Alpine Jacket - light, versatile and warm.

Favourite Lowe Alpine Pack
Vector 30 - great for travelling to and from work and when walking in the hills. 

Favourite outdoor activity
Road biking and walking in the Peak District

graham.coe@equipuk.com

Lee Jones
Lee is a busy mum of two and when not working or doing the school/after school club runs she enjoys escaping for the day walking in the Peak District, or on a long bike ride (no kids allowed on all-dayers!!) She’s worked in HR for the past 10 years, previously for a prestige car dealer group. She likes reading (LOVE’s her kindle), sunshine, gardening, cooking, eating and drinking(!), and being outdoors in general. She often goes off with groups of friends on long weekends away (with the kids) camping.

lee.jones@equipuk.com

 
     
I.T.    
James    

James Philpot
James the techie, mends the computers when they go wrong! He is responsible for maintaining the computer network and telephone system. When he's not at work he can be found swimming lengths of the local pool.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Microlight Alpine

Most memorable moment in the outdoors
The total solar eclipse in 1999 on the beach in Cornwall

Favourite outdoor activity
Barbequing

james.philpot@equipuk.com

   
     
Down Fillers - Rab    
Dave Lester Jayne

Dave Cunningham
Dave was Rab Carrington's first down filler and so after over 28 years he is certainly an expert at it. When not at work he can be found pigeon fancying or eating one of his legendary corned beef sandwiches.

Lester Allcock
Lester loves nothing more than being outdoors surrounded by wildlife where he’ll often be found taking photographs.

Jayne Heywood
Jayne loves a drink and a party. She copes very well with the 'lads' in the down filling room!

     
Vince Jason Anne

Vince Jones
Vince has to put up with many jokes from the rest of the team about his beard but he gives as good as he gets.

Jason Smith
When he’s not at work Jason is usually on the look out for the next festival to visit.

Anne Gibbs
When Anne's not at work she'll either be off in her caravan or out walking her dogs.

     
Warehouse (Group function Rab and Lowe Alpine)
David Dick Rob

David Naylor
Warehouse supervisor David likes to think of himself as a curry connoisseur. He is also the self-appointed chairman of the ‘Lowe Alpine warehouse Belinda Carlisle fan club’! On a Saturday afternoon he can be found watching his favourite football team Nott’s County losing down at their home ground of Meadow Lane and if he can find a spare few minutes he looks after his 3 children.

Richard Webster
Richard is an Alfreton Town fan and a proud season ticket holder...even though in his photo he's wearing a Nottingham Forest shirt!

Rob Bush
Following on with the football theme, Rob is a Derby County supporter.

     
Nigel Neil Warren

Nigel Fletcher
Nigel likes to spend his time outside of work going for a good Indian meal, he manages to fit that in around looking after the 6 cats which have currently made themselves at home at his house!

Neil Sims
Neil is yet another football fan, he’s another one with an allegiance to Derby County. He also follows horse racing and likes going to summer festivals, ideally whilst drinking apple beer and eating fine Indian cuisine!

Warren Fox
Warren is a local lad and lives with his fiancée. He spends most of his weekends in the summer camping, usually at radio controlled car meetings. He also enjoys restoring classic cars in between matches of badminton.

     
Lee G Alan Peter

Lee Gibson
Lee has worked in warehousing all his working life, doing all aspects of the job. In his spare time he does activities as much as possible with his children, they are keen geocachers and spend most weekends out looking for hidden treasures. He's also a big motor sport fan and goes to as many events during the year as possible. To relax at night Lee enjoys a nice cold beer and an hour or two on his gaming console.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Capstone and Oblique Shorts and the Micro Pull-on.

Alan Gray
Alan is interested in football and is a keen Newcastle United supporter. His favourite band is Journey and he likes to go to the cinema.

Peter Champion
Peter can usually be found working on his allotment or caravanning. If he’s not doing that he’ll be on a long walk with his dog, usually ending up in a country pub for a pint or two!

     
Robert Lee W Debbie

Robert Bassett
Rob is a family man but also finds time to regularly visit the gym.

Lee Whittaker
Lee has a passion for motor sport and spends his spare time racing his banger car. If he’s not careering around a race track he can be found spending quality time with his family.

Debbie Caton
Debbie’s hobbies include showing her German Shepard dogs at championship level and handling German Shepards at shows across the UK. She likes hiking holidays in Devon, Cornwall and South Wales and keeps fit by running the 4 miles to work each day and by running 12 miles x-country each Sunday with her dogs (when not at a dog show). It’s not all fitness as she also enjoys a good red wine.

Favourite piece of Rab kit
Vapour-rise Lite Jacket
     
Jack Jodie  

Jack Bostock
Jack loves football and is a Notts County season ticket holder. When he’s not watching football he’ll be listening to his favourite band, the Stone Roses, especially his favourite song Sally Cinnomon.

Jodie Tatham
Jodie likes swimming and looks forward to going on holidays abroad.

 
 
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